Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to a current or past member of the Women’s District of Columbia Golf Association who, through extraordinary accomplishments in the game of golf, has exemplified the best aspects of the game – honor, sportsmanship, and competition – and has served as an inspiration to us all. The Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted in 2005 at the request of a number of members who felt we should have an award to recognize outstanding players in the WDCGA.

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Shelley Savage
Shelley Savage

2014, Shelley Savage

At its Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, November 12th, the WDCGA awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Shelley Savage, Army Navy Country Club.  This is only the second time this prestigious award has been presented.  The following is the text of the presentation ceremony:

The lifetime achievement award is presented to a current or past member of the Women’s District of Columbia Golf Association who, through extraordinary accomplishments in the game of golf, has exemplified the best aspects of the game – honor, sportsmanship, competition – and has served as an inspiration to us all.

The Executive Board is pleased to consider deserving members for this “Lifetime” award even when we know those members have more wins to come.   This is certainly the case with today’s honoree — the unanimous choice of the selection committee.

Today’s honoree has not only won more than her fair share of tournaments, she has also given back to the game.  She served on the Virginia State Golf Association Women’s Division Board for five years – as a member-at-large in 2003; as vice president in 2004-2005; and as president in 2006-2007.

Her long list of playing accomplishments include:

  • Virginia State Senior Women’s Amateur Champion in 2005 and 2012,
  • Virginia State Senior Women’s Stroke Play Champion a record number four times -2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011
  • First golfer to win the VSGA Senior Women’s Stroke and Senior Women’s Amateur titles in the same year – 2005
  • VSGA Senior Women’s Golfer of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012
  • A longtime member of the Virginia team at the Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches.
  • She represented Virginia at the USGA State Team Championship in 1995, 1997, 2005 and 2011
  • She competed in the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2009 and 2011
  • WDCGA Senior Champion for three consecutive years – 2006, 2007 and 2008.
  • Women’s Eastern Senior Champion – 2006.
  • WDCGA Champion – a record number of 7 times – 1992 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011.

Our honoree grew up in Michigan and still returns to visit her mother and brother.

She has a Masters in Nursing…and though I am not sure where she went to school, I would be surprised if it wasn’t the University of Michigan. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, where she served in the Nursing Corps. Her duty stations include Pensacola, Bethesda, Arlington, and Yokosuka, Japan. During Desert Storm she was aboard the hospital ship USS Comfort.  She retired with the rank of Captain.  She is currently a registered nurse at Virginia Hospital Center in outpatient surgery. If you still don’t know who our Honoree is, what if I said Position Alpha?

It is our honor and privilege to award the Women’s District of Columbia Golf Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Captain Shelley Savage.

Marion Booth
Marion Booth

2005, Marion Brown Booth

The following is a summary of Marion’s accomplishments as compiled by Joan Craver and presented at the 2005 Fall Luncheon by WDCGA President Jan Crichton

Marion’s participation in golf competitions spans seven decades, from the 1930’s to the present. One of her first WDCGA competitions that she participated in was held in 1935 at Beaver Dam (the old PG and now Woodmore CC) which she won. It was called the “Duffer” tournament.

At the age of 17, she played in the National Championship at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit NJ. In the same year she was the Medallist in the Middle Atlantic Women’s Championship held at Indian Spring CC. She lost in the semi-final round, on the 19th hole.

In 1936 she won the Corby Cup for the first time. As the story goes, she had one of the later tee times, playing towards the end of the field. Many assumed that a certain Mrs. Marr would be the winner, who shot a 76 and was sitting in one of the white lawn chairs along with many others, waiting for the field to complete the tournament. A Caddie declared that there was some young kid out on the course shooting lights out. That KID was Marion who turned in a score of 75, beating out Mrs. Marr.

She won The Corby Cup again, 32 years later in 1968. Ironically enough, she sunk a 10- foot putt on the first hole of a playoff defeating a fellow Manor member, a youngster by the name of Pat Tyrell.

She played in the Mason Dixon Championship losing to Patty Berg, 4 &3. She went on to win the consolation flight.

I1938, she had a very remarkable year.
June, she won the WDCGA Championship, defeating Helen Dittweiler. October she won the Middle Atlantic Championship at Rodgers Forge Club in Baltimore again defeating Helen Dittweiler 2 &1. She set the course record (77) in doing so. Helen shot 79 and later turned Pro.

At the 43rd Women’s Amateur held in Darien, Connecticut she defeated Glena Collett Vare, a five time US Champion and Curtis Cup Team Member. She lost her next match on the 23rd hole to Maureen Orcott Crew, another member of the Curtis Cup Team. She also had the opportunity to play with the great athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias. She was the Guest of Honor at the NBC-WMAL closing day tournament, an affiliated WDCGA event. She also was honored at a Testimonial Dinner held at Manor Country Club, receiving a diamond and sapphire ring and bracelet.

She won the Phyllis Keeler Miller Tournament, which had 123 competitors, in a playoff. She shot an 81.

She has won the numerous local Cup Tournaments far too many to mention.

Club Championships

In the years spanning 1936-2002 Marion won the Women’s Championship at Manor Country Club NINE times. She was a finalist this year and lost on the 19th Hole to Barbara Dimaio. She also won the Women’s Championship at Indian Spring Country Club numerous times in the early days of her career, often holding both titles in the same years.

She attended George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

She took time off from competitive golf to raise her children, some of which are here today.

More recently Marion was a 2002 Maryland State Amateur Flight winner. In 2005 she was the Super Senior Champion in the Maryland State Senior Championship. She is the current Handicap Chairman at Manor Country Club, a position she has held for a number of years.

She is never too busy to help a new golfer, or give words of encouragement, on and off the golf course. She is still going strong, and is an inspiration and HERO to all of us who have the privilege of knowing her.